Selina Barrios will put her NABF lightweight title and unbeaten record on the line against Patricia Juarez this Saturday.
The event takes place from San Antonio and the Whataburger Field, which is home to the Corpus Christi Hooks – the double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Barrios, a perfect 4-0 with two knockouts in her career, claimed the vacant NABF title last year with a victory over Jasmine Clarkson.
“Training camp has been very challenging but its going to be worth every minute,” Barrios said. “I feel very motivated for this camp. I truly believe I am the best in my division and for that to continue to be true, I must train harder than others, and that’s what I’m doing. I understand that Patricia Juarez is undefeated and a very tough opponent. That’s why I’m training extremely hard, because I respect her skill level. It’s going to be a great fight for the fans.”
Juarez, the sister of WBC bantamweight champion Mariana Juarez, is 4-0. Mariana Juarez owns a record of 50-9-4 in her career.
“Patricia Juarez is a deserving and tough challenger,” Barrios said. “I am training as though I am going to be in a tough and grueling fight that will go the distance, but my mindset like my last fight is to also go for a knockout. I am training very hard for this fight and I want the fans to know that I am not taking my opponent lightly.”
Barrios sees only bigger and brighter fights in her future if she can get past Juarez, calling her division “the best in all of women’s boxing.”
“This is the best division in all of women’s boxing in my opinion. We have Mikaela Mayer and Katie Taylor, who I think are two very talented fighters,” she said. “I also think Amanda Serrano should be considered in this division, even though she went up multiple weight classes and made history by becoming a six-division world champ. Quite simply said, I want to fight all of them and I want to prove I am the best fighter in this division. I am training and working hard so that I can be the first female fighter to make a million dollars in the ring. I’m going to be a million-dollar baby, and my fighting style will be the reason.”
The card also includes Justin Jones vs. Robert Alfonso in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Jones is 21-0-2, with Alfonso holding a 16-0 record.